Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Getting Onto the Peninsula

We have received MANY emails about when people can go back to the peninsula. Galveston is opening up tomorrow, Wednesday. I have no OFFICIAL report of when the peninsula will be open and if you decide to go down there, you may not gain entry. It is up to the discretion of the officers posted at each checkpoint. I have gotten emails that some people have been allowed access and some have not. My husband and I got in yesterday with proof of residency, but they escorted us out at 5:00pm. We were able to walk around our place and look (our home was on the east side of Rollover).

I have heard that Wednesday, they are opening up the peninsula to everyone with property on the east side if you have proof of residency, but I have no confirmation of this. I also heard that if your property is on the west side of Rollover, that you have to go to Galveston and catch a ferry to get on the peninsula to check out your property. Again, this is what I have heard and have no OFFICIAL report. The information on the peninsula that comes to us is from the public and not the authorities.

I know that this does not help most of us, but it is the only information I have now and the decision to go or not to go at this time should be up to each individual and how far they have to travel to possibly get turned away. There are no hotel accommodations within three hours of Bolivar peninsula and getting gas is extremely difficult due to a supply and demand issue. I am in San Antonio and we drove 5 hours to hopefully get in (which, THANK GOD, we did!), but I also know of people driving even further away and getting turned away. I don't know if it has to do with where their property is located or if it has to do with the whims of what official happens to be on hand at each checkpoint.

Good luck to each and everyone and may God bless us all!

Connie Tomerlin

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